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University of Minnesota accused of using fetal tissue illegally

University of Minnesota accused of using fetal tissue illegally

| October 19, 2016 | 6 Comments

A Chicago-based nonprofit law firm charged the University of Minnesota Oct. 19 for illegal use of aborted fetuses in its research practices.

The Thomas More Society, which focuses on pro-life cases, filed a petition in the Fourth District Court of Hennepin County. The firm acted on behalf of St. Paul-based Pro-Life Action Ministries and University of Minnesota graduate student Bridget Busacker.

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Catholic school pre-K programs fuel enrollment growth

Catholic school pre-K programs fuel enrollment growth

| October 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

Preschool programs popping up at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have boosted enrollment. After years of decline, kindergarten through eighth-grade Catholic schools bounced back from an average loss of 800 students per year over the past three to four years, according to the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence. This year, schools increased total enrollment by 20-some students.

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Archbishop Hebda’s AYD message: Youth ‘extremely important’ to Church

Archbishop Hebda’s AYD message: Youth ‘extremely important’ to Church

| October 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda will attend his first Archdiocesan Youth Day Oct. 29 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in River Centre in St. Paul. He shared his thoughts about the upcoming event with The Catholic Spirit.

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Wajda dismissed from clerical state

Wajda dismissed from clerical state

| October 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Joseph Wajda, who since 2003 has been banned from exercising public priestly ministry because of allegations of sexual abuse of minors, has been laicized, Archbishop Bernard Hebda said in an Oct. 1 statement.

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At UST, former Gov. Carlson talks coalition in government

At UST, former Gov. Carlson talks coalition in government

| October 7, 2016 | 1 Comment

One-time Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson emphasized the serious need for change in how the nation’s two political parties work together.

“I think our political system has become so fractured, and demonetization has become such a part of our world of politics,” Carlson said Oct. 7 to a large crowd of University of St. Thomas alumni gathered for the St. Paul school’s First Friday Speaker Series.

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Burnsville couple can’t stomach hunger

Burnsville couple can’t stomach hunger

| October 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Burnsville parishioners battle starvation in the Philippines; pastor honors ministry work in new icon

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Benedictines offer place of healing, hope for Wetterlings

Benedictines offer place of healing, hope for Wetterlings

| September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jacob Wetterling’s memorial service on Sept. 25 continued a firm commitment by the local Benedictines in response to the child’s disappearance in 1989.

“Nearly 27 years ago, members of the St. Ben’s and St. John’s community, the sisters and monks of the order of St. Benedict and the people of St. Joseph linked arms to search for Jacob,” College of St. Benedict president Mary Dana Hinton said at the outset of the memorial service.

St. Benedict hosted the thousands who attended the Wetterling memorial service at the college’s field house in St. Joseph, Minn. The many attendees filled two-thirds of the floor as they came to pay respects for Jacob and support the family.

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Hahn, Richert emphasize importance of engaging in local politics

Hahn, Richert emphasize importance of engaging in local politics

| September 30, 2016 | 3 Comments

Presidential election mania often overshadows the multitude of critical races other than the one for the White House.

“[It’s] through the local level, where we restore the foundation and begin to rebuild … the culture,” Scott Richert told the crowd gathered at the University of St. Thomas on Sept. 21.

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Five St. Thomas Academy and Visitation students honored for saving teacher’s life

Five St. Thomas Academy and Visitation students honored for saving teacher’s life

| September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Saint Thomas Academy teacher Mitch Taraschi awarded five certificates Monday to students who saved his life back in May.

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Archdiocese reports allegation of priest serving in SD

Archdiocese reports allegation of priest serving in SD

| September 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

The alleged sexual abuse involves Father Joseph Thomas Forcelle and is from the late 1970s and early 1980s when he was serving as a priest at St. Mark in St. Paul. Father Forcelle has been serving in the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, since 1984. The archdiocese said it notified that diocese.

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Pax Christi founder dies

Pax Christi founder dies

| September 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father John Timothy Power died on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the age of 76.

The founding pastor of Pax Christi in Eden Prairie, Father Power was born on Oct. 13, 1939 in Faribault. He received Holy Orders on May 28, 1966 after seminary studies at Nazareth Hall, St. Paul Seminary and Catholic University.

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12,000 attend inaugural all-school Mass of the Holy Spirit

12,000 attend inaugural all-school Mass of the Holy Spirit

| September 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

An estimated 12,000 students, teachers and staff of Catholic schools filled CHS Field in St. Paul Sept. 22 for the first all-school Mass of the Holy Spirit in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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